Over the course of three days, France will be hosting two important meetings of La Francophonie, the human and political community representing 84 states and governments on five continents.
On November 25 and 26, La Francophonie’s ministerial conference in Paris, which will be attended by Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, will cover major topics pertaining to multilateral Francophone activities. The theme of the conference will be “Blue economy, green economy: new engines for creating wealth, social inclusion, and sustainable development.” On this occasion, Mr. Lemoyne will meet with Canadian Minister for International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau. This ministerial conference will pave the way for the next Francophonie summit in Yerevan in October 2018.
The meeting will be preceded on November 24 by La Francophonie’s Permanent Council, which meets three times a year and plays a leadership and coordinating role. Chaired by La Francophonie’s secretary-general Michaëlle Jean, this body is made up of the personal representatives of the heads of state and government. Leila Slimani, the French president’s personal representative, will attend on behalf of France.
France is the largest contributor to the budget of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie and its operating agencies (TV5Monde, Association internationale des maires francophones, Agence universitaire de la francophonie, Université Senghor d’Alexandrie).